Writing and Illustrating is solitary work! Critique groups are a lifeline to others who who are happy to discuss how many elephants might fit into the back of a dump truck, what costumes monkeys might wear for Halloween, special pens, fonts, contracts and PUBLISHERS! Here are a few websites of friends and colleagues.
Author-illustrator of wonderful picture books, including Henry Hikes to Fitchburg
and Magritte's Hat. A member of our illustrator group.
Take a look at his animated books!
Liza Ketchum - www.lizaketchum.org
Liza is an author of middle grade and young adult fiction and non-fiction. Many years ago we started a writer's group.
Suse MacDonald - www.susemacdonald.com Suse is an author/illustrator who primarily works in collage. She was in our illustrator group, but moved out West.
Matt McElligott -
Matt is an author/illustrator of children's picture books and middle-grade novels. Learn about his books at www.mattmcelligott.com
Tracey Campbell Pearson - www.traceycampbellpearson.com Tracey is another member of our illustrator crit. group. She writes and illustrates picturebooks with lovely free-wheeling watercolors.
Catherine Stock - www.catherinestock.com Catherine Stock is an author, illustrator and book designer. She designed my book, The Robbery at the Diamond Dog Diner. The cover of that book is one of my favorites! Check out her watercolor workshops in France. I went a few years ago; it's an experience not to be missed!
John Stadler - www.johnstadler.com
Author-Illustrator of some favorite picture books.
The quirky humorist of our illustrator group who (tries) to keep us all in line.
Wendy Watson - www.wendy-watson.com Author and illustrator of many wonderful books I read to my daughter when she was a toddler. A member of our illustrator group and a walking partner—until she moved west...sigh!
CBC- the Children's Book Council - www.cbcbooks.org
A good site to connect with other children's book author and illustrator websites. Good information about children's books.
SCBWI - Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators www.scbwi.org
SCBWI is a great source of support and information for authors and illustrators of children's books as well as for people trying to get started.
Purple Crayon - www.underdown.org
Harold Underdown, an editor, has put together a site packed with information on writing and illustrating children's books. This site has good links.
These two colleges offer MFA programs focusing on writing for children and young adults. Both are two-year programs with twice-a-year intensive 10-day residencies. The rest of the year students work via mail one-on-one with faculty advisors. There are many others; I mention these two because some faculty members are friends.
Vermont College of Fine Arts - http://www.vcfa.edu/wyca offers and MFA Program focusing on writing for young readers.
Hamline University - http://www.hamline.edu/cla/mfac/
Also Google: MFA programs: Writing for Children.
The Center for Cartoon Studies
They offer MFA, one and two-year certificate programs as well as summer workshops.
The Giblin Guide to Writing Children's Books, Fourth Edition by James Cross Giblin (Advice from my editor—an award-winning author.)
Writing with Pictures: How to Write and Illustrate Children's Books by Uri Schulevitz Indispensable for anyone contemplating illustrating a picture book.
How to Write a Children's Book and Get It Published by Barbara Seuling (An author, editor and teacher)
The Business of Writing for Children by Aaron Shepard
Anita Silvey, author, publisher, editor has produced an invaluable Childrens Literature resource: Anita Silvey's Book-a-Day Almanac
Wendy Watson, long-time author and illustrator blogs about the illustration process. I could have used this when I was getting started!!! http://thewendywatsonblog.blogspot.com/
Tracey Campbell Pearson: tcp scribbles—an illustrator's process and more! http://tcpearson.wordpress.com/
Karen Hesse: Karen answers questions about her many wonderful books! http://karenhesseblog.wordpress.com